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  • 1.

    The Sensual City path

  • 2.

    The climate

  • 3.

    Built landscapes

  • 4.

    On the waterside

    Collected, transported and shared, water is fundamental to urban life. In the centuries before pipes and taps individualised our relations to water, the well and the fountain organised the life of communities, making water an element of sociability. Water was also the organiser of major communications routes assuring the transport of merchandise, people and knowledge.
    But, in today’s world, the city seems obsessed by its fear of water: flooding, pollution, sanitary risks, hygiene, drinking water, clean rivers, the drying out of water tables and so on.
    It is necessary to rediscover the magic that water can represent. Lying behind the mundanity of our relationship to water there is a trace of an urban imagination forged by water. This, for example, is the case of port towns with their dreams of distant exotic seas. The water flowing down rivers reflect the passage of time and forgetfulness. The water of lakes evokes contemplation and the assuaging of the senses, while the waves breaking on the beaches next to urban centres conjure up ideas of leisure and joy. All these various types of water are simply aspects of a single and same element that increases the city’s fluidity and depth.

    • 4.1.

      Proposals

      • 4.1.1.

        LAKES

      • 4.1.2.

        FURNITURE 108

      • 4.1.3.

        TABLEAU MÉDITERRANÉE

      • 4.1.4.

        HUANGPU RIVER EAST SIDE BANK

      • 4.1.5.

        PARQUE DEL RIO MEDELLIN

      • 4.1.6.

        NAVY PIER CHICAGO

      • 4.1.7.

        HISTORY MUSEUM OF YICHANG

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        Competition | Yichang | China | 2013

        The Yichang History Museum can be found at the tip of the cultural mall. It turns away from the mountains and overlooks the water of the basins. The museum is connected to the cultural mall via a long walkway which seems to float above the basins. It is a building that must tell a story, the story of the city of Yichang. It responds to the tradition of poets in the region by evoking the feeling of the gorges on the banks of the Yangtze river. Indeed, a great empty space runs through the building, letting natural light flood into the heart of the development. This provides a clear view of the sky from the public spaces directly below. A waterway runs along the ground, at the bottom of this empty space. The presence of water reminds visitors of the importance of geography in the city’s history.

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        SETE’S FERRY TERMINAL

    • 4.2.

      Fresco

    • 4.3.

      Leitmotiv

  • 5.

    In the sky

  • 6.

    Movement and balance

  • 7.

    Nightscape

  • 8.

    The materiality of cities

  • 9.

    News

  • 10.

    Informations

  • 11.

    Index